Attraction 16 Fuxingmenwai Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100045, China Published on: 03-08-2016
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Why Capital Museum is special ?
Capital Museum (首都博物馆), one of the best museums in China, is a relatively new and important museum in Beijing’s central administrative and cultural district. The plan for the Capital Museum, located in the Confucius Temple, was prepared in 1953. As a major cultural construction project in Beijing in the “10th Five-Year Plan”, the new Capital Museum, approved by Beijing Municipal Government in 1999, further approved by the State Council after being submitted by the National Development and Reform Commission in 2001, finally commenced its construction in December 2001.
Under the concern and guidance of Beijing Municipal Government, after four years of hard work, the museum finally makes its debut along the western extension of Chang’an Street, the First Street of China. With its magnificent architecture, abundant exhibitions, advanced technology and complete functions, the Capital Museum, large and modern, makes its contribution to the titles such as “famous historical and cultural city”, “cultural center” and “international metropolis” of Beijing and ranks among the first class museums both at home and abroad.
What to explore at Capital Museum?
What makes the museum unusual among museums in China is that the best academics in the country were employed to produce a high-tech exhibition using world-class museum display methods. Collecting, exhibiting cultural relics, and undertaking related research are the three main tasks. It has fully adopted internationally advanced technology in its construction and ranks among the best in China. With its imposing building, abundant exhibitions, high technology and advanced services, it has placed itself in the world a leading position. Cultural relics unearthed in this city are its main items on display, which bear forceful features of the city.
You’ll see a number of flat panel screens and multimedia equipment employed. The Digital Movie Hall has a very wide screen and 3D videos can be seen. For international visitors, you’ll find PDA (personal digital assistant) devices that provides information in several languages, and free museum guides in several languages.
How to get to Capital Museum?
1. Take bus no.52 or 99 and get off at Gonghui (Labor Union) Building Station;
2. Take bus no. 10, 26, 45, 80 or Te19 and get off at Sanlihe Donglu Nankou (South End of Sanlitun East Road) Station;
3. Take bus no. 26, 45, 114, 308, 80, 843, 844, 840, or 937 and get off at Baiyun Lu Station.
Take Subway Line 1 and get off at Muxidi Station. Leave from the Southeast Exit and walk forward 200 meters to the museum.
- Hidden gem for most tourists
- Informative Historical Museum, worth visiting
- A great museum viewing Chinese treasures
- Interesting presentation of the history of Beijing
- Great way to see ancient Beijing history
16 Fuxingmenwai Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100045, China
Tips for you
Centrally located just west of the city's core, the Capital Museum is probably one of the largest museums I've ever been to in China. It's 4 to 5 floors of exhibits and artifacts that date back to the very dawn of Chinese civilization (around the time of the Shang Dysnasty) all the way to the Second World War and the ensuing rise of Mao. Each floor houses different exhibits from different eras in China's history. This isn't a museum that's best enjoyed with a quick visit - no, you'll need an entire day to truly enjoy all the amazing things this museum has to offer (and not just mounted artifacts, but multimedia experiences too). Reserve 3-5 hours to achieve optimum enjoyment. Also, the souvenir shops are quite nice and actually quite reasonably priced.